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Russia team profile

Published: Sunday 5 January 2014, 1.41CET
Since the break-up of the Soviet Union – the inaugural winners of the UEFA European Championship, in 1960, and runners-up in 1964, 1972 and 1988 – Russia have been regular qualifiers.

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Published: Sunday 5 January 2014, 1.41CET

Russia team profile

Since the break-up of the Soviet Union – the inaugural winners of the UEFA European Championship, in 1960, and runners-up in 1964, 1972 and 1988 – Russia have been regular qualifiers.

Best result: winners 1960 (as Soviet Union)
Coach: Fabio Capello
Leading scorers: 
all-time – Oleh Blokhin (42 for Soviet Union); current – Aleksandr Kerzhakov (24)
Most appearances: all-time – Viktor Onopko (113 including 4 for Commonwealth of Independent States); current – Sergei Ignashevich (93)
Association formed: 1912
Nickname: None
Where they play: Various

Since the break-up of the Soviet Union – the inaugural winners of the UEFA European Championship, in 1960, and runners-up in 1964, 1972 and 1988 – Russia have been regular qualifiers for the four-yearly continental gathering, but only once have they made it through the group stage. That was in 2008, when Dutchman Guus Hiddink's attractive side reached the semi-finals. In post-Soviet days they qualified for the FIFA World Cups of 1994 and 2002, and again for Brazil 2014.

EURO pedigree
Matches played
Overall: P140 W79 D33 L28 F250 A120
Final tournament: P30 W12 D6 L12 F36 A39
Qualifying: P110 W67 D27 L16 F214 A81

As part of the Soviet Union, Russia helped win the inaugural competition in 1960. A side containing FC Dinamo Moskva goalkeeper Lev Yashin and FC Spartak Moskva's Igor Netto beat Yugoslavia 2-1 in the final; striker Viktor Ponedelnik scored the extra-time winner. The USSR were runners-up to Spain in 1964, lost the 1972 final to West Germany and suffered more showpiece woe in 1988 as a Ukrainian-accented team went down 2-0 to the Netherlands.

Since playing under the banner of the CIS in 1992, Russia have struggled to repeat past glories. They earned one win in nine finals games in 1992, 1996 and 2004 and failed to qualify in 2000, before a welcome return to form in Austria and Switzerland where they reached the semi-finals. UEFA EURO 2012 brought another group stage exit, despite opening with a 4-1 defeat of the Czech Republic and a 1-1 draw with co-hosts Poland. Needing just another draw, they lost 1-0 to Greece.

Memorable EURO matches
21/06/2008: Netherlands 1-3 Russia (aet), UEFA EURO 2008 quarter-finals
Andrey Arshavin inspired Hiddink's men to a shock victory over the fancied Oranje.

25/06/1988: Soviet Union 0-2 Netherlands, 1988 UEFA European Championship final
Marco van Basten's wonder goal and Igor Belanov's spot-kick failure proved key.

10/07/1960: Soviet Union 2-1 Yugoslavia (aet), 1960 UEFA European Championship final
Ponedelnik's 113th-minute strike in Paris captured the first EURO title.

Did you know?
Vladimir Beschastnykh is the current all-time top scorer for post-Soviet Russia on 26 goals, two ahead of Aleksandr Kerzhakov at the start of 2014.

*Last updated on 07/01/14

Last updated: 09/06/15 2.24CET

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Match log

HomeAway
The home team is listed first.Last updated: 26/06/2015 02:42 CET
Russia2-0Northern Ireland
Referee: Antonio Mateu Lahoz (ESP) – Stadium: Stadion Lokomotiv, Moscow (RUS)
06/05/2015 13:43:34
11 September 2012 - FIFA World Cup, Qualifying round (Group F)
Israel0-4Russia
Referee: Mark Clattenburg (ENG) – Stadium: Itztadion Ramat Gan, Ramat Gan (ISR)
04/18/2013 20:49:50
Russia1-0Portugal
Referee: Viktor Kassai (HUN) – Stadium: Stadion Luzhniki, Moscow (RUS)
03/30/2015 18:00:33
Russia1-0Azerbaijan
Referee: Aleksandar Stavrev (MKD) – Stadium: Stadion Luzhniki, Moscow (RUS)
03/30/2015 18:00:34
Portugal1-0Russia
Referee: Damir Skomina (SVN) – Stadium: Estádio do Sport Lisboa e Benfica, Lisbon (POR)
06/08/2015 12:11:22
Northern Ireland1-0Russia
Referee: Tom Harald Hagen (NOR) Stadium: Windsor Park, Belfast (NIR)
07/14/2015 09:46:52
Russia4-1Luxembourg
Referee: Bobby Madden (SCO) Stadium: Centralniy Stadion, Kazan (RUS)
07/06/2015 14:55:44
10 September 2013 - FIFA World Cup, Qualifying round (Group F)
Russia3-1Israel
Referee: Manuel Gräfe (GER) – Stadium: Stadion Petrovskiy, St Petersburg (RUS)
06/29/2015 16:00:14
Luxembourg0-4Russia
Referee: Stephan Studer (SUI) Stadium: Stade Josy Barthel, Luxembourg (LUX)
07/06/2015 16:24:18
Azerbaijan1-1Russia
Referee: Milorad Mažić (SRB) – Stadium: Bakcell Arena, Baku (AZE)
06/06/2015 14:34:01
Russia1-1Korea Republic
Referee: not available – Stadium: Arena Pantanal, Cuiaba (BRA)
06/04/2015 13:33:04
Belgium1-0Russia
Referee: not available – Stadium: Maracana, Rio de Janeiro (BRA)
06/04/2015 13:55:06
Algeria1-1Russia
Referee: not available – Stadium: Arena da Baixada, Curitiba (BRA)
06/04/2015 14:29:51
3 September 2014 - Friendlies 2014-16
Russia4-0Azerbaijan
Referee: not available
06/10/2015 19:20:15
8 September 2014 - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group G)
Russia4-0Liechtenstein
Referee: Sébastien Delferiere (BEL) Stadium: Arena Khimki, Khimki (RUS)
07/11/2015 08:26:35
9 October 2014 - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group G)
Sweden1-1Russia
Referee: Nicola Rizzoli (ITA) Stadium: Friends Arena, Solna (SWE)
07/11/2015 08:26:52
12 October 2014 - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group G)
Russia1-1Moldova
Referee: Kristinn Jakobsson (ISL) Stadium: Otkrytie Arena, Moscow (RUS)
07/11/2015 08:27:21
15 November 2014 - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group G)
Austria1-0Russia
Referee: Martin Atkinson (ENG) Stadium: Ernst-Happel-Stadion, Vienna (AUT)
07/11/2015 08:27:52
18 November 2014 - Friendlies 2014-16
Hungary1-2Russia
Referee: not available – Stadium: Ferenc Puskás, Budapest (HUN)
06/10/2015 18:27:19
Montenegro0-3 (f)Russia
Match forfeited f
Referee: Deniz Aytekin (GER) Stadium: Gradski Stadion Podgorica, Podgorica (MNE)
07/11/2015 08:28:10
31 March 2015 - Friendlies 2014-16
Russia0-0Kazakhstan
Referee: not available
06/10/2015 15:00:06
1 June 2015 - Friendlies 2014-16
Norway - Russia
Match cancelled
Referee: not available
06/11/2015 17:32:06
7 June 2015 - Friendlies 2014-16
Russia4-2Belarus
Referee: not available
06/11/2015 10:45:17
Russia0-1Austria
Referee: Milorad Mažić (SRB) Stadium: Otkrytie Arena, Moscow (RUS)
07/11/2015 08:28:56
5 September 2015 - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group G)
RussiaSweden
Referee: TBD Stadium: Otkrytie Arena, Moscow (RUS)
07/22/2015 14:43:48
8 September 2015 - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group G)
LiechtensteinRussia
Referee: TBD Stadium: Rheinpark Stadion, Vaduz (LIE)
07/11/2015 08:29:51
9 October 2015 - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group G)
MoldovaRussia
Referee: TBD
07/11/2015 08:30:09
12 October 2015 - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group G)
RussiaMontenegro
Referee: TBD
07/11/2015 08:26:06

General info

  • Founded : 1912
  • Stadium : Stadion Luzhniki
  • Currently playing : European Championship 2014/2016, Friendly matches 2014/2016

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